Epi Student Liaison Committee

About

The Student Liaison Committee is a standing committee within the Department of Epidemiology. The faculty co-chairs provide regular reports during faculty meetings. We also report back to students the core issues raised from surveys/listening sessions and the ways in which issues have been addressed (or are pending). SLC currently consists of two faculty members and at 3 student representatives for each epidemiology program. The students volunteer to serve and are not being elected. The SLC meets as often as needed, usually every 6-8 weeks, to discuss processes for obtaining student feedback, implementing any feedback or addressing issues.

Committee objectives and goals

The main objective of the SLC is to provide an official forum for students to discuss issues relating to all aspects of their graduate programs within the Department of Epidemiology, and to facilitate the communication and the flow of information between the Department's graduate students and its faculty and administration. The SLC also serves as a body to follow-up on core issues raised by students and how they may be addressed by the respective bodies within the Department (e.g., Curriculum Committee).

The SLC obtains student feedback and input in 3 core ways: (1) in person discussion/listening sessions*, (2) online surveys; and (3) comment box (online version in progress).

Core items and themes discussed/surveyed

  • Coursework/curriculum
  • ​Student services
  • Admissions/Acceptance/Orientation
  • Environment/Climate
  • Mentorship and Advising
  • Thesis/Essay/Dissertation/Internship
  • Seminar
  • Facilities

How to get involved

We are currently looking for one MPH/MS and one PhD/DrPH student to join the committee. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other students and faculty, and to be involved in making our department the best it can be!

If interested or if you have any questions please contact Ryan Katz (ryan.katz@pitt.edu), Theresa Gmelin (thg15@pitt.edu), Drs. Mendez (ddm11@pitt.edu), or Iva Miljkovic (ivm1@pitt.edu) with any questions.

SLC Leadership

Faculty

Dara Mendez
Iva Miljkovic

Students

Theresa Gmelin (PhD)
Zhadyra Bizhanova (PhD)
Ayesha Godiwala (MPH)
Ryan Katz (MPH)
TBN (MPH/MS)